Dr Catherine Day

PhD (Biological Anthropology); MA (Applied Linguistics); GradCert ElecEng; BA(Hons); BAsianStud; DipLang(Hindi)
Research Manager
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +61 2 6125 5607

Areas of expertise

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Demography Not Elsewhere Classified 160399


Prior to joining the ANU, Dr Cathy Day had an extensive technical and management career in the Australian Public Service in the fields of Defence and Health, including peacekeeping during the civil war in Bougainville. From 2005 to 2012, she pursued a Masters in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Biological Anthropology. During this time, she worked in a slum in India for two years. 

Her PhD research was on marriage patterns in southwest England from 1754 to 1914, focussing on cousin marriage, geographical mobility and illegitimacy, and how these three aspects are inter-related to each other, and modified by religious denomination and social class. She retains a strong interest in historical demography, particularly marriage patterns and how these have changed over time.

Cathy is the Research Manager for the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and as part of that role, is the project manager for the following projects:

  • Large-scale data to understand person-centred outcomes in cancer survivors
  • Absolute risk approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular disease
  • Identifying and prioritising points for intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease inequalities in Australia

Cathy has an interest in online education and has tutored and helped develop two of the ANU's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC): Engaging India in 2014 and Ignorance! in 2015 and 2017. In addition, she created the online lessons for POPH8100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology. Along with Dr Erin Walsh, Cathy developed innovative animations to teach concepts in the Fun of Epi course. Cathy and Erin were awarded a Joint Science Colleges Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant to develop more animations to support student learning. In 2017, they were awarded the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  24 October 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers